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China declares US energy projects violate free trade, stepping up trade spat

Source: Washington Post • Posted: Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

China’s government has ruled that U.S. government support to six American solar and wind power projects violates free trade rules, adding to strains between Beijing and its trading partners over renewable energy. The United States and China are the two biggest markets for renewable energy and have pledged to cooperate in developing technology. They accuse each other of improperly supporting their own producers and obstructing foreign competitors.

Is Iowa presidential vote riding on the wind?

Source: By Paul Hammel, WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER • Posted: Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Rob Hach can’t recall the last time he, or any member of his family, didn’t vote Republican. He comes from a long line of German business owners, and Hach has turned three formerly vacant storefronts in a small, northwest Iowa town into an award-winning company that employs 26 people and builds testing equipment for wind farms.

Oregon, U.S. could lose wind power jobs

Source: By KTVZ.COM news sources • Posted: Monday, August 20th, 2012

Like the wind itself, the wind energy industry has blown hot and cold in Oregon. Some blame the lack of effort in Congress to extend the Production Tax Credit for alternative energy, set to expire in about four months. The standstill affects businesses like Met One Instruments in Grants Pass, which makes weather sensors and monitoring equipment.

Energy Week Ahead: Vestas May Offer Plan for Colorado Job Cuts

Source: By Alex Morales and Jim Efstathiou Jr,, Business Week • Posted: Monday, August 20th, 2012

Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS), the world’s biggest wind-turbine maker, is likely to give details this week of its plan to cut as many as 1,600 jobs mainly in Colorado amid a standoff in Congress over a tax break for the industry. Chief Executive Officer Ditlev Engel said in January that U.S. jobs would be scrapped “for sure” unless Congress extends the production tax credit, or PTC, which expires at the end of 2012. He may provide more details Wednesday when the Aarhus, Denmark-based company reports earnings for the first half of 2012. Gamesa Corp. (GAM) Tecnologica SA and other manufacturers in the industry also have announced layoffs.

FAA certifies — again — Cape Wind won’t threaten air traffic

Source: Nick Juliano, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, August 17th, 2012

Federal regulators yesterday certified that an offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound would not endanger air traffic in the area, reiterating its determination for the fourth time after local activists won a procedural challenge to an earlier version.

Exergy halts work on wind farm

Source: Darin Oswald — Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman • Posted: Friday, August 17th, 2012

Exergy Development Group has ended its efforts to build the 116-megawatt package of wind farms this year. The renewable-energy developer gave up contract rights to build the wind generation plants in Twin Falls, Lincoln and Bingham counties, according to a filing this week with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. The filing came as stories in bicycle-racing publications reported that the company, which sponsors several bike races and the Exergy racing team, is behind in paying its bills.

Vestas begins laying off U.S. workers in absence of tax credit renewal

Source: Special to E&E • Posted: Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Vestas, the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, has begun laying off American workers, as it had threatened to do, because Congress has not yet extended the renewable production tax credit. Vestas cut about 100 jobs out of 450 at its Pueblo, Colo., tower factory, the Danish company said in a statement.

The White House team likes Oregon’s wind energy

Source: Dick Hughes, Statesmanjournal.com • Posted: Thursday, August 16th, 2012

According to the2011 Wind Technologies Market Report, Oregon is one the country’s largest and fastest growing wind markets. The report finds that in 2011, Oregon installed 409 megawatts (MW) of new wind power capacity, bringing its total to over 2,500 MW. With this capacity, Oregon can generate 10.5 percent of its electricity from wind energy, ranking sixth among all U.S. states.

Obama and Romney square off on energy issues

Source: Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

The U.S. wind sector grew substantially during 2011, a trend that is expected to continue until the end of this year, according to a new report by the Department of Energy. Lingering uncertainty over the fate of federal incentives for renewable energy, however — primarily the production tax credit and investment tax credit for renewable energy, both set to expire in December — could see that growth decline severely in only a matter of months, the document notes.

As wind credit remains campaign-trail focus, DOE report says extension vital

Source: Nick Juliano, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

As the debate over wind energy subsidies heats up the campaign trail, the Department of Energy today released a report showing that stable policy support has boosted wind installations and manufacturing in recent years and arguing that expiration of a key tax credit could spell doom for the industry next year.